There's an old adage that says you need to use it or else you'll lose it. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 200SX hasn't had much use over the years, but does it have a price tag that might have you losing it?
I have read that statistically, people tend to find the slightly imperfect to be the most appealing. Cindy Crawford and her mole, the unique irregularities of hand-stitched material, yada, yada, yada. Yesterday's 1989 BMW 324TD may have proved that theory wrong however as while it approached the nirvana of Jalopnik perfection, its 56% Crack pipe loss proved that close isn't good enough when the price is too high. If only, as many of you pointed out, it had been brown.
Today we have yet another non-brown car. This 1985 Nissan 200SX is claimed to have been squirreled away for an undisclosed amount of time and hence presents today with only 27K on the clock and all its '80s goodness intact.
You recall the 200SX don't you? Called the Silvia elsewhere, here in the states the car played Jan Brady to the 300ZX's Marcia. Later on there was even a FWD NX to play the roll of annoying Cindy.
But enough of the '70s TV allusions, let's get downtown with this SX. The S12 edition of the Silvia/SX was offered from 1984 through '88 in both notchback and hatch body styles. This one happens to be the far more attractive - in my personal opinion - hatchback. Ahead of that feature but behind the pop-up headlamps (love those) lies a 1974-cc CA20E. That's an iron block/aluminum head SOHC four that produced 105-hp. A more powerful but smaller turbo engine was also available, just not on this car.
The rest of the specs are pretty respectable for an '80s coupe- discs all around, a semi-trailing arm IRS set up very similar to that of the contemporary BMW 3-series, and an available 5-speed stick. The ad doesn't note what tranny this SX sports, nor are there any interior shots to DIY is discernment. That's kind of a big faux pas on the part of the seller, I mean it's like advertising a stripper who's wearing a burka.
The ad does note that the present owner has been in possession of the car for a little over a year and in that time has gone through much of what time has taken from the car. That means it's riding on new rubber and there's a bunch of new stuff that you might not think would go south due to lack of use, things like the radiator and exhaust. Also, new head gaskets? I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think the seller has his facts straight. Call me crazy. No really, go ahead, join the club.
Regardless, the ad does say that the car has been given the once-over by a family mechanic. I guess that may have been more useful if it had been done by an auto mechanic but c'est la vie. It does look in the pictures at least like it just rolled out of the factory and there doesn't appear to be any noticeable blemishes in the dark blue paint nor any curb rash on the wheels. There is the questionable tape treatment on its flanks, but hey, that's just part of its '80s charm.
If you find this 200SX charming perhaps this is a good time to discuss its $4,900 price tag. That's because the seller has now returned from his cabin and is ready to deal. Seriously, this is how people in Minnesota sell cars? What do you think about this '80s Nissan with so much life left to give and its $4,900 price tag? Is that a real deal for so clean a coupe? Or, does this 200SX come with a price that SUX?
H/T to Adam M for the hookup!
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